Sunday, February 15, 2015

Whole Wheat Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns ~ (Dairy Free)

Here is my favorite recipe for hamburger and hot dog buns.  I don't always have luck when I make homemade bread but this recipe has never failed me.  These buns are soft with a delicious olive oil flavor.  They are very simple to put together.  I usually don't proof my yeast, is not necessary unless you think your yeast is old or dead.  Also, this recipe only requires a single rise so its only about 20 minutes of hands on time to make.  You can add an egg wash and top with sesame seeds if desired.

1 cup warm water
1 package of yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 TBSP honey or sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 - 2 cups all purpose flour

Mix the first six ingredients.  Add the whole wheat flour and mix.  Knead in the all purpose flour until the dough is no longer sticky and is smooth and elasstic, about 8 minutes.  Form into 8 buns and place them on a silicone mat lined cookie sheet.  Let rise in a warm steamy area* for about an hour or so.  Bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes.

*I create a warm steamy environment for rising dough in my microwave.  Fill 2-3 little shallow dishes with water and microwave for 3 minutes or so until the water in the dishes starts to boil and steam. Working quickly so all the steam doesn't escape, put the formed loaves in the microwave to rise.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Spinach Avocado Pasta

I love this recipe. It is delicious, quick and made with simple good-for-you ingredients. My family loves it.  It is a basic recipe that is so versatile.  I usually serve it warm for dinner then I have the leftovers cold for lunch the next day.  Its good both ways.  You can add diced chicken, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, or all three.

Ingredients (4 servings)
1/2 pound of frozen spinach, thaw and squeeze out excess moisture
2 TBSP lemon juice or to taste
1 avocado
1/2 pound whole wheat spiral pasta (or any pasta you like)
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil to taste *optional*

Cook the pasta is salted water according to package directions. In a food processor, blend together the spinach, avocado, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil if desired. Stir spinach and avocado mixture into cooked and drained pasta. Serve warm or cold.

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